Updated on 30 May 2014
Even as the big organizations are making the transition towards IT look like it is smooth and swift, many are seriously looking towards cloud computing for solutions. Cloud offers flexible storage facilities for ever-increasing clinical data and solves the challenge involving access and sharing of this data across various systems and geographies without significant costs and infrastructure investment.
Research firm IDC states that the cloud presents strong opportunities for healthcare providers to create efficiencies, flexibility, and agility while increasing service levels for applications.
As per a latest Intel survey of 12,000 patients across eight countries, about 84 percent of people are willing to share personal healthcare information to lower costs to the system, and 72 percent are willing to see a doctor by video conference for a non-urgent appointment.
Big data analytics harness individual information for public health, safety and research, while remote monitoring devices, telemedicine, electronic health records and interoperability enable the right care, anywhere. All of this technology and data ultimately result in low-cost wellness and high-value healthcare.
"Healthcare industry is second in terms of investments planned during 2014-15 for Big Data."
General Manager, Qualcomm Life
"Health care is in the early stages of major disruption. The disruptor is the health consumer or patient and the means of disruption is the power and pervasiveness of digital technologies, especially the mobile network. There is a massive wave of venture investment and innovation underway in health sensors that will exist on us, around us and even in us. Biometric and other health readings taken from those sensors, sent to the cloud where they can be analyzed and made actionable and presented back to health consumers on computing devices like smartphones and tablets will empower consumers to better understand their health. Information empowered health consumers will drive changes to the system unlike any we've seen in our lifetimes. They'll take more personal responsibility for their health. They'll keep themselves healthier. They'll make decisions about their health, health insurance, health providers, health procedures, etc. This will change the system in ways we can't completely imagine today; in the same way digital technology has revolutionized so many other industries."